Inspiration from existing machine embroidery on store-bought clothing

By on March 10th, 2013
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Around Christmas I went a little bananas at the Gymboree outlet and picked up more than I needed for Christmas gifts – so some of the items I purchased went into the potential birthday gift pile. Now that it is March – finally that excess Christmas bootie is coming in handy.

Anyway, one of the items I purchased is this cute little green hoodie with an owl embroidered on it. My original idea was to add a child’s name onto the sweatshirt (as I have in the past). But I am kind of philosophically opposed to embroidering kids’ names on anything that they will grow out of eventually. (I mean – how to you hand it down???)

So, instead, I decided to make a corresponding personalized headband that was inspired by the design on the sweatshirt. I took a picture of the embroidery on the sweatshirt and then digitized the branch with the flowers attached and added the name on top. I sized the whole design to fit in my mini hoop – which might have been a mistake as it turned out very small – but oh well. I still think it was pretty cute.

On a side note – embroidering on store bought headband really sucks and I would not recommend it at all. The double layer of fabric moves around and has a tendency to pucker. If you are going to make a personalized headband – make it from scratch. It’s really not that hard and is a lot less expensive too. I’m just sayin’…

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